Rev James Todd (centre) with the
Clerk of Presbytery Rev John Davey (left) and the
Moderator of Presbytery Rev David Porter.
The Elders of St Columba's Church at
the Service with the Rev James Todd and his wife
THE Rev James Todd was installed into the Ministry of St
Columba's last Friday night. There was a great turn out to
mark the occasion with representation from the Presbytery of
Dromore, and guests including friends of St Columba's and
many friends of the Todd & Dickinson extended family circle.
The Moderator of the Dromore Presbytery, Rev David Porter
presided over the service and worship commenced with a
rousing rendition of "There is a Redeemer".
The Rev Jim Briggs, a member of St Columba's congregation
read the Scripture Reading Phillippians 2: 1-11 and the
sermon was delivered by Rev William Henry. Organist, Mrs
Myrtle Campbell provided the musical accompaniment.
The Rule of Faith was read by Clerk Rev John Davey and
following the Act of Installation the Charge to minister &
congregation was given by the Convenor of the vacancy, the
Rev Brian Gibson, of Railway Street Presbyterian.
The service was brought to conclusion
with the hymn "Oh Breath of Life" followed by the
When the formal proceedings were over, Clerk
of Session, Jim Moore welcomed the Rev Todd, his wife Sharon
and children Rachael and Mark. Elder, Winnie Ferguson
presented flowers to Mrs Todd.
A vote of thanks was given to Rev Brian
Gibson for overseeing the vacancy, and to the Rev Jim
Briggs; Rev David McConaghy and Rev William Harshaw for
their Ministry over the past 15 months. Gifts were presented
to them as a token of appreciation. Rev James Todd thanked
everyone for their warm welcome and for those who helped
organise the Installation service and for the warm welcome
he and his family had received. During the supper the Rev
John Dickinson gave a short address and the evening was
rounded off with congregational singing which was both
moving and inspirational. The music was provided by Rachael
Todd (on keyboard) and Mark Todd (on drums).
The Rev Todd commenced his ministry on
Sunday 29 June at morning and evening service. The Kirk
Session and congregation of St Columba's thank everyone who
contributed to this special occasion and for the valuable
support given during the vacancy period.